LAKE FOREST – Marc Trestman had plenty to be pleased about Monday following his first win as an NFL head coach, but after reviewing the game, he wanted to see more from the ground game. Matt Forte had 19 carries for 50 yards, averaging only 2.6 yards a carry.
“Our running game is not where we want it to be,” Trestman said. “We didn’t get any explosive plays. Matt touched the ball approximately 25 times and not the productivity that we’d expect him to have.”
Forte’s long run of the day was for nine yards. We saw some explosive runs from Forte in the preseason, including a couple bouncing to the outside, but the Bengals set the edge well. On four rushes off left end, Forte had only 4 yards. He did have the clutch 8-yard run off right end on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve got to do a better job for Matt of running the football and we think we can,” Trestman said.
Next week’s opponent, the Vikings, allowed Lions running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell to combine for 115 yards on 27 carries (4.3-yard average) on Sunday.
Slowing the attack: On defense, Trestman wants to see the Bears limit explosive plays and also get pressure up front, two things that go hand-in-hand. When asked about the coverage on A.J. Green, who had 162 yards receiving and two touchdowns, Trestman referred to the lack of a pass rush.
“I think the biggest thing is that, when you go to single coverage, you’ve got to be able to get there with four or five, and we didn’t do that yesterday and that made it more difficult,” he said.
Roster reversal: The Bears mirrored a move they made last week, re-signing tackle Jonathan Scott and waiving Kyle Adams – they cut Scott and signed Adams last Monday.
By waiting until after Week 1, the Bears don’t have to guarantee Scott his base salary for 2013 because he is a vested veteran. We’ll see if tight end Dante Rosario is ready to step in as the third tight end in Week 2 – he was inactive on Sunday, while Kyle Adams played 11 snaps on offense and 15 on special teams. They also re-signed quarterback Jerrod Johnson to the practice squad and waived guard Derek Dennis.
Sick Peanut: Trestman confirmed that Charles Tillman had to get “some rehydration” during the game on Sunday, and also that he had stomach issues.
“He had a little bit of an upset stomach early and that was part of the reason,” Trestman said. “The trainers took care of him and he was back out. It was nothing out of the ordinary.” Tillman powered through and missed only nine defensive snaps.